The Buffalo Sabres roster has changed pretty significantly in the past few days, with general manager Tim Murray making several moves to ship players out and get other pieces in return.
Here’s a summary of what’s happened to the Sabres roster since Friday:
- Sabres trade Ryan Miller and Steve Ott to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for goaltender Jaroslav Halak, forward Chris Stewart, QMJHL prospect William Carrier, a 1st-round pick in 2015 and conditional 3rd-round pick in 2016.
- Sabres trade Brayden McNabb and ECHL prospect Jonathan Parker, plus a 2nd-round pick in 2014 and 2nd-round pick in 2015, to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for defenseman Nicolas Deslauriers (will report to Amerks) and college prospect Hudson Fasching.
- Sabres trade Jaroslav Halak and a 3rd-round pick in 2015 to the Washington Capitals in exchange for goaltender Michal Neuvirth and defenseman Rostislav Klesla (will report to Amerks).
- Sabres trade Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward Torrey Mitchell, a 2nd-round pick in 2014 and a 2nd-round pick in 2016.
Since Friday, the Sabres have essentially shipped out seven players – including their captain, their long-time starting goaltender, an AHL defenseman, a goaltender who never played a game for Buffalo, and a prospect in the ECHL – and three draft picks.
In return, they walk away with a goaltender, two new forwards, two defensemen who will both report to the AHL for the time being, a QMJHL prospect, a college prospect and four future draft picks that will help the team with rebuilding in the years to come.
So — how do you think Tim Murray did in his first trade deadline with the Sabres organization? Was it enough? Was it too much? It’s certainly been an exciting past few days in the world of the Sabres — and from the sound of things, there may be more movement coming at the NHL draft in June.